Red Cross/Crescent appeals for volunteers, staff's release in Iraq
21 December 2006

Geneva, Switzerland: On Sunday, 17 December a number of Iraqi Red Crescent Society staff and volunteers and other persons were abducted from one of the Society's offices in Baghdad. As of today, some have been released, but many are still being held.

We are appealing for their immediate and unconditional release.

Iraqi Red Crescent staff are helping all Iraqis countrywide with humanity and impartiality. They are performing their humanitarian duties in dangerous circumstances and often pay a very high price for their commitment.

Iraqi Red Crescent staff are entitled to full protection under international humanitarian law and they deserve our respect and support because of their work in support of the many Iraqis in dire need of help.

We strongly reaffirm our support for and solidarity with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society in these trying times.

We call on those who are holding the Iraqi Red Crescent staff members and other persons abducted on 17 December to respect their lives and dignity and to release them unharmed, immediately and unconditionally.

For further information, please call:

ICRC: Dorothea Krimitsas, Media Relations Officer
Tel: + 41 22 730 2590 / + 41 79 251 9318

International Federation: Marie-Fran├žoise Borel, Information Officer
Tel : + 41 22 730 43 46 / + 41 79 217 33 45

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